What is Psychiatric Medication Management?
This is when psychiatrists give psychiatric medication management and assessment to patients. If you are not sure if medications are the best option for you a psychiatrist or practitioner can be of great assistance to you to explore your options. There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to the medications that are available, however understanding how a professional can help you, and learning what medication management means will help ease all of the unknowns. Also being aware of what to expect with a psychiatric assessment will reduce your anxiety about it.
Our mental health is connected with our overall physical health and sense of well-being. Negative experiences like trauma can leave us feeling anxious, overwhelmed and depressed. If we don’t seek treatment, these feelings can lead to behaviors that are destructive to our lives and relationships. Like it is important to have a physical every year by your doctor, it’s just as important to have a mental health check-up, as well.
A psychiatrist will provide an assessment, and it is basically an overview of your symptoms that will help with the determination of whether or not medication is a good option in the treatment of your mental health concerns. Then as a result of the assessment, a diagnosis is made and a treatment plan is designed for your particular needs. If medication is decided to be the best option you will be informed and educated about the medication uses, and side effects.
First, you have to agree on medication and treatment options, and then the medication will be prescribed for a trial period in order to observe the effectiveness. This is the medication management, aspect of psychiatric care. They monitor how helpful the medication is over a period of time to determine if the treatment meets your goals. It is important to note that due to how psychiatric medications react differently to everyone; the effectiveness of the medications varies from person to person. Every person has unique brain chemistry that works differently with every drug; no two people will have the same response. A major part of medication management is keeping on the alert of side effects and making the proper intermits.
Medications are often used with other forms of treatment like counseling, family therapy, and/or behavioral therapies. With careful monitoring and continuous discussion, you can find the right medication and treatment plan for you.
Overall, medicines are an important part of the treatment of many mental illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic, sleep problems, attention deficit disorder, etc.
Just know that with any treatment there are no magic bullets. Working on your mental health takes work and time. No medication can do the work for you. Getting better means taking an active stance towards the problems and challenges you face. Overall, medications are one tool that can help you to feel better. However, physical exercise, eating well, avoiding nonprescription drugs, maintaining good relationships, learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety are all ways to work on getting better.